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We camped at a hotel for our last night in Senegal, it was called relais de Kedogou in a town about an hour from the boarder. It was a nice place with a pool and another spectacular view of the River Gambia. We got up and left by 7am on the Saturday and were at the...
Adieu Senegal!

Adieu Senegal!

Rond het middaguur zijn we terug in Senegal. Om van de Gambia naar Mali te reizen, moeten we namelijk weer even een stukje door Senegal. Bij de grens gaat het makkelijk, alleen hebben we even wat moeite om in het Frans uit te leggen dat ons carnet nog niet...
The Gambia, "the smiling country"

The Gambia, "the smiling country"

Als we bij de grens aankomen, gaan we eerst naar de politie. De politieman is uiterst vriendelijk en vindt het fijn dat we de Gambia komen bezoeken. Het toerisme is hier het afgelopen jaar behoorlijk ingestort, ook al was er geen ebola. Heerlijk trouwens om weer even...

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Carnet de Passage A Carnet de Passage is essentially a passport for your car. It allows you to cross borders without paying customs charges. In Britain RAC hold a monopoly on them and are extremely expensive! We were going to have to spend thousands with them as well...
THE AMULET’S PLACE

THE AMULET’S PLACE

SUNSET OVER THE PACIFIC. VANCOUVER, CANADA. When the explorer Mungo Park trudged into the African bush in the late 18th century he was fascinated by the Africans’ attachment to their amulets, or saphies, as they were called along the banks of the Gambia river...
Into The Gambia

Into The Gambia

From Senegal to Central Gambia The route from Mbour in Senegal leads through flat, dry savannah  with Baobab trees, and small villages with round huts. The road is well paved, even beyond the waypoint on my GPS where it Senegal and The Gambia says: “Potholes”. Lots of...
A letter of encouragement

A letter of encouragement

To Anne, Vic, Jackie, Phil, Elize and anyone else contemplating an adventure As you are preparing for your own adventures – however they look – we thought we’d send a few words of encouragement to you. We have been on the road for a little over 3 months now, and to be...
Wassadou

Wassadou

16th January 2013 Campement Hotel de Wassadou Paradise exists.  It is on the banks of the Gambia River at Campement Hotel de Wassadou. We are so glad that we have taken the time to explore Senegal, rather than merely rushing through.  And yes, there are little...
Relaxation and recovery

Relaxation and recovery

Zebrabar, Senegal   Sometimes it feels good to stop. Zebrabar was just the place, space and set-up we needed when we reached Senegal.  Neither of us realised quite how fatigued we were after nearly 3 months on the road, and entering our 12th country and 4th...
Hazy daze

Hazy daze

Monday 6th to Tuesday 7th February 2012. Bamako. The next morning we set off early to reach Bamako. After such short distances in Senegal and The Gambia we were no longer used to these long stretches of driving. The temperature had cooled and later in the day we even...
Ancient stone circles and village fun

Ancient stone circles and village fun

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd February 2012 Tendaba to Kerr Batch and Farafenni. The following morning we awoke early to get to the ferry as soon as possible. The experience at Barra was still fresh in our minds and we were keen not to repeat it if we could help it....
Hoo-Ray!

Hoo-Ray!

Tuesday 24th to Tuesday 31st January 2012 Sukuta, Senegambia, Bakau, Tanji, Abuko, Serekunda, Sifoe. Awake with the chorus of local mosques calling the faithful to prayer, we found that Sukuta Camping was just around the corner. As soon as we were inside this orderly...